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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Jack Fry

Fry, JackProfessor of Turfgrass Science, Director of Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center
Office: 3609 Throckmorton

785-532-6949 fax

Area(s) of Specialization:
Turfgrass Science, Golf Course and Sports Turf Operations


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Bio Brief

Dr. Jack Fry was raised in Overland Park, KS where he first gained interest in horticulture by working in the yard alongside his father. During his undergraduate studies at K-State, Fry decided turfgrass science was the option he wanted to pursue. Later on, he chose to further his knowledge in the same area at the graduate level and attended the University of Maryland (M.S.) and Colorado State University (Ph.D.).

Before returning to Kansas State University, Dr. Fry served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Louisiana State University from 1987-1991. Beginning in 1991, Fry began his very successful career at K-State. His many accomplishments include serving as an advisor for numerous M.S. and Ph.D. candidates, authoring over 100 scientific publications, and co-authoring the textbook Applied Turfgrass Science and Physiology. In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Fry holds a faculty member position with the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSAA), presents a seminar at their annual Golf Industry Show and writes a monthly column for Golf Course Management magazine.  He also serves as co-advisor with Dr. Steve Keeley of the GCSAA Student Chapter at K-State.

Fry is currently serving a 50% teaching and 50% research contract. Dr. Fry helped spearhead the Golf Course and Sports Turf Operations curriculum. He takes pride in his advising duties, especially assisting those students working on the 6 credit hours of required internships in the Horticulture major.

In his free time, Dr. Fry enjoys cheering on the Wildcats at KSU sporting events, spending time with his children, working in the yard, playing golf, bike riding and fishing.


B.S. Horticulture, Kansas State University, 1982
M.S. Agronomy, University of Maryland, 1984
Ph.D. Turfgrass Management, Colorado State University, 1987        

Area of Emphasis

Dr. Fry's research is focused on reducing inputs for turfgrass, including water, fertilizer, and pesticides. In this effort, he has focused his research over the past 10 years on zoysiagrass, a turfgrass that requires fewer inputs. Fry has worked in conjunction with researchers at Texas A&M-Dallas to develop two new zoysiagrass cultivars, Chisholm and KSUZ 0802 (formal name coming soon). These grasses are drought resistant, cold hardy, and require minimal inputs to maintain quality. They are best suited for use in the transition zone of the United States - the area in the middle of the country where growing good turf is difficult.


Alderman, E., J. Hoyle, J. Fry, and S. Keeley. 2017. Buffalograss divot recovery as affected by nitrogen source and rate. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management:(in press).

Chabon, J., D. Bremer, J. Fry, and C. Lavis. 2017. Effects of soil moisture-based controllers, mowing height, and trinexapac ethyl on tall fescue irrigation amounts and mowing requirements. InternationalTurfgrass Research Journal:(in press).

Fry, J., A. Chandra, D. Genovesi, K. Morris, and M. Xiang. 2017. Winter survival of fine-texturedinterspecific Zoysia hybrids in the upper transition zone of the USA. International Turfgrass Research Journal: (submitted).

Obasa, K., J. Fry, D. Bremer, and M. Kennelly. 2017. Evaluation of spring and fall fungicide applications for large patch management in zoysiagrass. International Turfgrass Research Journal:(in press).

Thompson, C., M. Kennelly, J. Fry, M. Sousek, and Z. Reicher. 2017. Physiological and pathogenic contributors to the summer decline of Poa trivialis. International Turfgrass Research Journal:(in press).

Thompson, C., Q. Zhang, M. Kennelly, J. Stier, C. Blume, J. Bryan, N. Christians, K. Diesburg, K. Frank, B. Frensenburg, J. Fry, D. Gardner, D. Martin, K. Rincker, D. Settle, D. Soldat, and X. Xiong. 2017. Dollar spot susceptibility and quality of 25 creeping bentgrass cultivars maintained under golf course
putting green and fairway conditions in the central U.S. International Turfgrass Research Journal:(submitted).

Braun, R., J. Fry, M. Kennelly, D. Bremer, and J. Griffin. 2016. Colorant application volume and color persistence on a 'Chisholm' zoysiagrass lawn. HortTechnology 26:314-319.

Miller, G., D. Earlywine, R. Braun, J. Fry, and M. Kennelly. 2016. Influence of nitrogen source and application timing on large patch of zoysiagrass. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management: doi:10.2134/cftm2015.0189

Thompson, C., J. Fry, R. Braun, and M. Kennelly. 2017. Rough bluegrass incidence in a new tall fescue sward as affected by seeding rate and mowing height. Crop Sci.:(submitted).

Thompson, C., Z. Reicher, M. Sousek, J. Fry, and M. Kennelly. 2016. Evaluation of selective herbicide combinations and paclobutrazol for rough bluegrass control Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management: Crop Forage Turfgrass Manage doi:10.2134/cftm2015.0123.

Chandra, A., J. D. Fry, M. C. Engelke, A. D. Genovesi, B. G. Wherley, J. A. Reinert, S. P. Metz, Q. Zhang and D. Okeyo. 2015. Registration of 'Chisholm' zoysiagrass. 2015.  Journal of Plant Registrations 9: 1: 21-26doi:10.3198/jpr2014.04.0020crc

Goldsby, A., D. Bremer, J. Fry, and S. Keeley. 2015. Response and recovery characteristics of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars to extended drought. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. doi:10.2134/cftm2014.0087

Peterson, K.W., D. Bremer, and J. Fry. 2015. Evaluation of atmometers within urban home microclimates. Crop Sci. 55: 5: 2359-2367 doi:10.2135/cropsci2015.02.0073

Students & Staff

Graduate Students

MingyingXiangMingying, Xiang
Graduate Research Assistant

Specialization: Turfgrass

Dipman CliffDipman, Cliff
Research Assistant

Specialization: Turfgrass


Course #TitleSemesterDelivery Method
HORT 515Basic Turfgrass CultureSpringOn Campus
HORT 516Intensive Culture of Golf and Sports TurfSpringOn Campus
HORT 517Golf Course and Sports Turf OperationsSpring*On Campus
HORT 590Horticulture InternshipSpring/FallOn Campus